Uganda - Fixed Broadband, Digital Economy and Digital Media - Statistics and Analyses


Uganda was one of the first countries in sub-Saharan Africa to be connected to the internet. Being landlocked, the country depended entirely on satellites for its international connectivity until 2009 when several international submarine fibre optic cables landed on the African east coast. Uganda was then connected via a national fibre backbone extending to its borders, implemented by Uganda Telecom and MTN Uganda. Since the initial connections to fibre cables were made prices for international bandwidth have fallen to a fraction of their former cost, but retail pricing of broadband services is still relatively expensive, especially when considering purchasing power parity. However, wireless and mobile technologies such as WiMAX, EV-DO and LTE are placing the internet within reach of a much greater proportion of the population than traditional fixed-line DSL services have in the past. These improvements in infrastructure are revolutionising the market and enabling converged voice, data and digital media services.

Key developments:

Roke Telkom launches Wi-Fi service based on Google’s Project Link wholesale network; Liquid Telecom launches FttP services; phase 2 of the migration to digital broadcasting completed; Gilat Satcom launches satellite broadband service; Gondwana International Networks launches its iWayAfrica Uganda service in Kampala; Liquid Telecom invests UGX2 billion in Infocom’s broadband infrastructure; 97% of all internet subscriptions are mobile; report update includes the regulator’s market data to Q1 2016, operator data to Q2 2016, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

UTL Online (Uganda Telecom), Infocom (Altech), Africa Online, Spacenet, MTN, Wateen Telecoms (Warid), Smile Telecom, Foris Telecom, Talk Telecom, Mo Telecom, Goal Technology Solutions (GTS), UMEME, WBS Television, NTV Uganda, MultiChoice, Gotv, Jump TV, Zuku TV (Wananchi).

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Introduction and statistical overview
    • 2.1 Market analysis
    • 2.2 Broadband statistics
    • 2.3 Public Internet access locations
    • 2.4 Uganda Internet Exchange Point (UiXP)
  • 3. Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
    • 3.1.1 Infocom
    • 3.1.2 UTL Online
    • 3.1.3 Africa Online Uganda
    • 3.1.4 Spacenet
    • 4. Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
    • 5. Other fixed broadband services
      • 5.2 Fixed wireless
        • 5.2.1 Wi-Fi
        • 5.2.2 WiMAX
        • 5.2.3 Broadband over powerlines (BPL)
        • 5.2.4 Satellite broadband
    • 6. Digital Economy
      • 6.1 E-commerce
      • 6.2 E-banking
      • 6.3 E-government
      • 6.4 E-health
      • 6.5 E-learning
    • 7. Digital media
      • 7.1 Market overview
      • 7.2 Videostreaming
      • 7.3 Digital Terrestrial TV (DTT)
      • 7.4 Communications: VoIP
    • 8. Related reports
    • Table 1 – Historic - Internet users and penetration rate in Uganda – 1995 - 2009
    • Table 2 – Internet users and penetration rate in Uganda – 2010 - 2016
    • Table 3 – Fixed vs. mobile internet subscriptions in Uganda – 2007 - 2016
    • Chart 1 – Internet users and penetration rate in Uganda – 2005 - 2016

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